On Friday the film 0, an adaptation of Shakespeare's Othello in which the title character is a high school basketball standout, opens in theaters. But does the Bard really need updating? We combed his works and found Will the Thrill's views on sport to be surprisingly current.
SIR ANDREW: I would I had bestowed that time in the tongues that I have in fencing, dancing and bear-baiting: 0, had I but followed the arts! (Twelfth Night, Act I, Scene 3)
On the French Open
KING HENRY V: When we have march'd our rackets to these balls, /We will, in France, by God's grace, play a set.... (Henry V, Act I, Scene 2)
On gender equity
CLEOPATRA: Let it alone; let's to billiards: come, Charmian.
CHARMIAN: My arm is sore; best play with Mardian.
CLEOPATRA: As well a woman with an eunuch play'd/As with a woman, (Antony and Cleopatra, Act II, Scene 5)
On putting in the fix
CHARMIAN: 'Twas merry when/You wager'd on your angling; when your diver/Did hang a salt-fish on his hook, which he/With fervency drew up. (Antony and Cleopatra, Act II, Scene 5)
DROMIO OF EPHESUS: Am I so round with you as you with me./That like a football you do spurn me thus? (The Comedy of Errors, Act II, Scene I)
KENT: You base football player. (King Lear, Act I, Scene 4)